Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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OLIVIA — Renville County will continue to pursue the development of an off-highway vehicle park that is opposed by neighboring landowners, but supported by an all-terrain vehicle club and the Sacred Heart Township board of supervisors.
OLIVIA — Putting the brakes on plans to build a new Renville County Hospital and Clinic facility does not change the need to address the challenges posed by an aged and outdated complex. If a new facility is not built, the hospital will be spending millions of dollars in upcoming years on essential upgrades to its infrastructure. “Yes, without a doubt,’’ said Nathan Blad, interim administrator and chief financial officer for the Renville County Hospital and Clinics.
WILLMAR — Recent winter storms and a growing snowpack are causing stress for some wildlife populations, although problems are not widespread. The Kandiyohi County chapter of Pheasants Forever is beginning an effort to encourage people to feed pheasants due to signs that some of the birds are stressed in the county.
OLIVIA — Communities along U.S. Highway 212 in Renville County hosted roughly 100 stranded motorists in community centers and a church as winds created blizzard conditions Monday night. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said that four squad cars were kept busy without a break from about 8 p.m. to midnight, responding to calls from about a dozen stranded vehicles. Officers braved near white-out conditions to reach the stranded motorists, and by 11 p.m., snow drifts that stopped all but four-wheel drive vehicles, he noted.
Riding along on Hwy 23 on Tuesday morning.
WILLMAR — He arrived unexpectedly one summer day in 2005 as a ragged looking, dirty and skinny orphan. One week ago, he looked absolutely regal as more than 400 people applauded as a medal proclaiming him a hero was ceremoniously placed around his neck.
MONTEVIDEO — A woman who was charged with breaking into a Montevideo home after offering to shovel snow for cash pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court. Meagan Howard, 18, of Montevideo, pleaded guilty to A felony charge of second-degree burglary of a dwelling. In return, a separate misdemeanor ch-arge of theft for an unrelated incident was dismissed. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Under terms of the agreement, Howard will be required to make full restitution to the victims in both cases, according to Chippewa County Attorney David Gilbertson.
OLIVIA — Billy Eugene Camper, 64, died of natural causes, and not as a result of the fire that destroyed his apartment Feb. 7 in the Westcourt Apartments in Olivia. A preliminary autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County lists natural causes as the probable cause of death.
GRANITE FALLS — Costs and uncertainties appear to be on the rise as the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners addresses the county’s building needs. The commissioners learned Tuesday that a portion of the roof of a building newly acquired for county office use is leaking. The commissioners took action to make replacement of either portions or all of the roof part of an overall project to remodel the former Yellow Medicine County Bank building for county use.
By Tom Cherveny email@example.com WILLMAR — Wind-whipped snow made travel difficult, closed schools and led to the cancellation of sporting events and other activities, but as Minnesotans say so fondly, it could have been worse.